Highlands Mayoral Race – JUST- GOT- INTERESTING


We have a choice now.. There is Becky Kane, Councilperson, FD local, Frank Nolan, current mayor and now Doug doug cardCard is in the mix. You may remember Doug from being screamed at by the borough attorney that he was out of order (1:50 – 1:59) and threatened to throw him out of the 9/5 council meeting, or from his house almost burning down on Shrewsbury when his neighbors abandoned home burned to the ground or when he was interviewed by the news (1 min mark) on his thoughts on raising the town and he said it was stupid. He’s your “write in candidate” which means you’re going to have to type in his name. But hey Card is pretty easy to spell.

UPDATE: what ppl wrote in “other” vote:

Johnny U:    5 Votes
Ann Marie Tierney:  1 Vote

Rosemary Ryan:     1 Vote

Ryan Britton;           1 Vote

Doug Card:              1 Vote

41 comments

  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Doug and his lovely wife accidently just on a walk checking out homes that are lifted or being lifted. We got into conversation and he is def a smart man and a straight shooter. I even think I said to him he should run for Mayor. So glad there is an alternative to the same old same old.

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  2. I wish the guy luck, but running as a write in candidate is completely stupid. What he should have done if he was really serious was to run as an independent and then at least his hame would have been on the ballot.

    Not to mention that the write in function of the new digital voting machines isnt exactly user friendly, and if you spell the persons name wrong by even 1 letter the vote doesnt count.

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  3. ITs not a matter of the simplicity of his name, I totally agree with you. Its the fact that one little slip of the finger or a wrong key stroke and it invalidates the vote. Which is why running as a write in candidate is a bad idea, and they very rarely ever win.

    I wish he had put his name on the ballot when he had the chance. I applaud his effort and interest however, and hope he does well!

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    • @Duncan, look it up! Julia Allen of Readington NJ did it in Nov of 2005. Maybe you can help the process and call the borough clerk to ask her for the official rules? Then share it here. I called Freehold, but they say it’s up to the town. Also, Lisa Murkowski won a write-in for US Senate. Yes, many misspellings, but the “clear intent of the voter” was the decider. Some actually wrote in Lisa M. 🙂

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  4. The statistics for an Independent running in Highland has not proven successful. Highlands taxpayers want change – and the 3rd voter choice of a write-in just may be a start to making it happen.

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    • DOUG CARD!! DOUG CARD!! DOUG CARD!!! RAH RAH RAH!!! thank god someone with a brain is running. i dont know much about this man but he cant be as bad as the other options.

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  5. Voting in some random guy who caused a disturbance at a town meeting is pretty stupid. Maybe he’s a genius with amazing ideas, or maybe he’s a psychopath. We don’t know. Giving over control of the future of our town shouldn’t be a decision made so lightly. I’d like to know where he stands on some of the issues that are important to Highlands residents.

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    • @k0NY I think the majority of people that voted for him had previously met and spoke with him. You obviously have not. I know he’s out knocking on doors talking to people, hopefully you’ll get the chance before the Nov election. – I think you’d change your mind

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    • K0ny, I’m not some Radom stupid guy. My phone is on 908 705 3106, or better yet, my home 28 Shrewsbury ave. come talk or for that matter anyone. IT’S TIME TO CHANGE. Btw my mane is Doug Card, yours?

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    • Due respect, Mr. Card, I didn’t call you stupid. I don’t know you, so I wouldn’t make that presumption. I said voting in someone you don’t know anything about because you dislike the other candidates on the ballot is a stupid thing to do. The people saying “finally, we have a third choice” don’t seem to understand the democratic system. You aren’t a third choice in a two choice race. The choices are unlimited. That’s the purpose of having a write-in option.

      One of Highlands’ biggest problems seems to be the management of funds and accounting. I know that the notion of “transparency” is useless unless the books to which the public have access, are actually in order. What experience do you have with managing financial matters, Mr. Card? For that matter, what experience do you have with zoning issues, public speaking, project management, delegation of tasks, political processes, communication protocols, and other necessities of the job for which you’re running?

      I’m not saying you wouldn’t make a great mayor for Highlands, Mr. Card. It’s possible you’re just what the town needs. I’m saying I don’t know your qualifications and it isn’t my responsibility to seek you out and interrogate you to get them. It’s your job as a candidate, and indeed as a mayor, to get your message out and to convince the people to see things your way.

      I look forward to seeing that happen.

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    • Professor obvious: You are communicating with me and other towns people via this wonderful medium called “The Internet” where anyone with a few minutes can write some paragraphs introducing themselves. Other mediums are also available for free or very cheap. Mr. Card could record a short video introduction and post it on Youtube for everyone to see. Or he could create a free Facebook page outlining who he is and what he stands for. He, like other candidates for political office could create an ad for radio or television that gives us some information about him. He could print out some leaflets and distribute them to everyone’s doorstep in town.

      It isn’t hard to imagine the virtually limitless ways in which a guy who wants our vote could get his message out to the people. In fact, it’s rather “obvious.”

      If he plans to win over a person at a time by a face to face or phone conversation, it will be a long hard road for him. This is the information age. Getting it out there is easy.

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    • K0ny
      You are right. All the elements you stated are being built. I just started. Could use and love your help? 908 705 3106

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    • Dark horse? Pig in a poke? I know nothing about Doug Card. highlander states he/she knows little about the man, but he “has a brain”. It would be helpful if he would let the rest of us see for ourselves. Our Mayor is under the shadow of Shadow Lawn, Becky’s “bio” is in the open…just go HOME. On the chance he won’t be “knocking on my door”, I would be interested in knowing more about this man who thinks he can save Highlands. Gives cause to wonder why he didn’t register as an Independent?

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    • Ok, have to play mr obvious here… it wouldn’t matter what platform he had you wouldn’t vote for him anyway.. You’re related to one of the other candidates. That being said what you’re watching enfold is a true grassroots movement that the residents care enough to “get involved.” – why he didn’t register as an independent? there just wasn’t time. Sometimes you have to Improvise & Adapt in order to Overcome

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    • Thank you for using you name, give me a time or place I will be there. My number is 908 705 3106, my address is 28 Shrewsbury ave.

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    • Lucille,

      Obviously you are related to Becky.

      I will just say this that Becky and Frank should not be running. IMO they are personally liable for not having Flood Insurance on any of the borough property’s. I will give a pass on the Fire House but the others are inexcusable!

      I kept hearing about a 500k deductible at the town hall meetings and assumed that was the flood it turned out to be P&C insurance as
      Tim Hill was quoted in the Star Ledger saying the town had no Flood Insurance. This is gross negligence on the town officials parts! I then looked up who was responsible based upon our town committees. The person that would be responsible for that committee was Becky and by default Frank is on every committee.

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    • You are correct, highlandsblog, in assuming I will be voting for Becky….a proven record of service to her community, an involvement with the residents. To quote the Mayor of Gary Indiana, “I am not a politician, I am a servant of the people”. I also assume, from your statement “there wasn’t time” to register as an independent”, that it was a last minute decision. This does not alter the fact that the voters of Highlands should know, have a little history of any candidate who is soliciting their votes. Grassroots and dark horses all need the light of day.

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    • You are absolutely right PrayingMantis…..It was a “dark horse” or “spoiler” who got him elected the first go round.

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    • Statius Quo Post Sandy just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Becky seems like a nice enough women and commend her for her public service but I just think its time for a “real” change in this town finally. This is it…. it’s now or never! I think everyone should reach out and give Doug Card the opportunity and hear him out. He attends all the meetings and is quite vocal about the funny business that has been going on behind our backs and some arrogantly in front of our eyes. Just for instance Shadow lawn, the Mayor and council kept alleging they did not have a site plan for re-zoning when the owner of property was honest that he had site plans, a builder and “THEY” all knew. As a matter of fact the property owner actually showed the site plan to a resident and was exactly how ordnance read(coincidence?). That’s just one example. So in three meetings they looked residents in their eyes and lied! So how do you trust people who are blatantly dishonest to your face to do the right thing for the future? You don’t allow them to to do it again. You want positive change for this town its not going to happen if everything remains the same. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Don’t be fooled again:)

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  6. Concerned voters will take the time to hear what all the candidates have to offer for Highlands. Voters also know the history of the politics and two party system in Highlands. IMO the future of Highlands is bound to change for the better based on the very fact alone that a write-in candidate is committed enough to become involved. This election now offers voters a 3rd choice for the administrative change that Highlands so desperately needs.

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  7. Lucille,

    First of all as far as your girl Becky is concerned, her “service” to her community has been mostly about how best to go around trying to be somebody, and shouting “horray for me” and “horray for us” at each and every opportunity. A real public servant is not a glory hound as Becky is. Also, I happened upon the video on u tube at Beckys little event at Chillangos.

    The amazing part was that after all the years she has been on council she didnt mention even on achievement or intitative she was responsible for. Perhaps because there are none. She rambled on about Highlands vast potential and how she wants to tackle code enforcement. Uh………. excuse me? Code Enforcement? What the hell have her compades been doing on council for the past how many years? What code enforcement? Why hasnt that been dealt with already, surely enough people constantly complain about the lack therof? But now, when running for Mayor, she is going to get all that under control! Right! Sure she is………….. barf!

    Oh speaking of her compadres on council they were all there and had glowing things to say. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm interesting not a single rank and file voter or resident appeared on this video. It was a public event wasnt it? Interesting!

    So, Ms. Lucille, before dumping on another candidate maybe you should take a look at the major short comings of yours! Which are enormous and glaring. The only issue she really cares about is promoting and getting whatever she can through whatever methods she can for the HFD.

    As for Mr. Card, once again, he should have been on the ballot as an independent. But to play devils advocate, the local committees, who have had a strangle hold on who gets to be on the Ballot, have mostly given us the same old names year after year. Just a question, Why is Joe Branin who was an embarrassment as mayor years ago, still on the Democratic committee? Really? Not to mention the other lame brains on the committees such as Carol Bucco who hasnt dont squat for the town on the Republican side!

    This brings into graphic and horrific focus why this town needs to desperately get away from the partisan system that has dominated and stifled the town for so long. I hope the voters in November are smart enough to vote for it. Otherwise, the deserve the bad government they continually get.

    So I applaud Mr. Card., and advise him to actually campaign, go door to door, and make sure everyone knows the rules and how to vote for a write in candidate. Certainly the candidates we have on the ballot this year represent no real choice at all! 😦

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    • Video is of a woman who’s never had the time of day to say hello to me – who always seems to have a scowl.
      Now that she wants my vote, she wants to ‘hear from me?’
      Nothing in this video says anything about why she is qualified. Who is she? What are her qualifications? What is her background? Shouldn’t that be a focus of campaign kickoff?
      And now I see she was born and raised here and her brother is a head of the EMS.
      Isn’t this the type of old school nepotism that we’ve all been complaining about??!
      This town is hopeless..

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  8. It’s time for MAJOR change in Highlands.. The town is the was it is because of the “locals” who have been running it into the ground for years. Out with the OLD and in with the NEW . Anyone is better than the current council. Everyone please make sure you vote for the non partisan line on the ballot.

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  9. What is amazing is that there is a real debate going on here. More than the two sides of the same crooked coin could inspire. We should continue these discussions on every corner, in every bar, with every neighbor. Maybe this will force all 3 candidates to focus on the issues. This is not a popularity contest! We don’t care how many generations their family has been here or who they’re related to. We want to hear real facts, see hard numbers and believe in our hearts that they won’t sell us out in the name of an elusive ratable.

    I’ will step off the soapbox now and return it to Dunkin 🙂

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  10. Thanks Not Just! 😉

    The bottom line is that the debates can go on until everyone dies of exhauastion. Nothing will happen until the whole crooked lot is tossed out!

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    • The problem with politics is that it attracts people who crave power but don’t know what to do with it. Throw out one set of “crooks” and another will swoop in to take their place. There’s no guarantee that the new crew will be any better than the old one. The other thing is, I wouldn’t pin all my hopes and dreams on a new mayor either. It’s largely a position without much actual authority. A good mayor has the power to influence the opinions of the towns folk and maybe help steer the direction that the town council, but as we saw by the Shadow Lawn vote, mayors can’t do anything without the approval of the rest of the council.

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    • A good mayor is one that has interests of community and fights for funding to rebuild regardless of political BS .Surround themselves with smart people who can get things done.
      It’s sounds to me that you don’t feel there are better suited people for the jobs of Mayor and council …..so hopeless? If so that pretty sad!

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  11. A write in vote is a wasted vote. The candidate can’t win and you only make it more lik ely your least favorite candidate wins… If you really don’t care about this town vote for a write in candidate.Hopefully the non partisan ballot initiative passes and we can move away from party politics and machine candidates

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    • Frank, normally I would agree with you on this, however, after the last year, the fact that Highlands is a small town, (normally all total 1100 people vote), so the actual number of write in votes needed to win isn’t inordinate, add in all the people that don’t live in Highlands any more decreases the number to win, this is totally do-able.

      Also btw Julia Allen of Readington, New Jersey won a write-in campaign in the November 2005 elections for the Township Committee. She’s still the Mayor as of today.

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    • If it wasn’t for the non partisan ballot initiative I don’t think anyone would have thought to step in as a write-in for this election. The fact that Doug Card is not affiliated with any party … Be it Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, etc …. It pretty much made the Personal Choice Write In option the only way to get proactively involved with some serious kind of change in Highlands.

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